Preventative Dental Care
Preventative dental care is an important part of any daily routine. Keep your teeth strong, healthy, and pearly white by flossing, brushing regularly, and seeing your dentist on regular intervals. Proper preventative care can help to prevent cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. However, improper brushing can damage your teeth and gums. If you notice teeth sensitivity or gum recession, it may be because you are brushing too hard. Dr. Chi will teach you how to brush and find the right dental hygiene products for you. Dr. Chi will help also help you to understand why (and how) you are getting cavities. If you don’t understand the science behind it, you could find yourself struggling with cavities in-spite of proper brushing routines.
The Importance of Good Dental Hygiene
Simply brushing and flossing daily as part of your preventative dental care routine isn’t enough. It is still important to see a dentist at least every 6 months. Make sure you aren’t brushing too hard as this can also damage your teeth and gums.
Dental Exams Every 6 Months
The ADA American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist every six months. During your visit to Alki Family Dental, Dr. Chi will evaluate the health of your mouth. This includes a check of:
- soft tissues
- jaw joints
- existing dental work.
- head and neck.
Between check-ups it is possible to develop many problems such as;
- tooth decay
- gum disease
- oral cancer
- TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint)
- Additional dental health concerns.
Dr. Chi knows that the earlier we find problems, the more effective we can be at providing minimal or non-invasive treatment options.
Every missed checkup allows dental problems to grow more serious, which usually means more expensive. These problems can quickly require more invasive, and/or complex treatments to restore oral health.
Dental Cleanings & what to expect
At your dental cleaning, our hygienist will remove built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth. She will also measure the depths of periodontal pockets at your gum lines. If pockets extend deeper than 3mm, a deep cleaning may be required. Pockets of this or greater depth can indicate the presence of gum disease. If you don’t have periodontal pockets, a regular dental cleaning will be sufficient and you’ll leave the office with smooth, clean teeth.
If you have questions about home care products, flossing, or brushing, please ask your hygienist for guidance. She’ll gladly help you!